Boys' lacrosse topples undefeated La Salle
The North Kingstown High School boys' lacrosse team will head into the playoffs more confident than ever after coming off a win against the undefeated division leader La Salle Academy. The Rams suffered their first loss on the last day of the regular season as they fell to the Skippers 11-7.
North (10-3) ended their regular season with games against the top two teams in the division.
Bishop Hendricken (11-2) is the defending state champion and on May 13 North took on the Hawks for the second time after a loss earlier in the season. The second meeting with Hendricken was a battle to the end. After the Hawks scored only 30 seconds into the game, Jamestowner Ben Nadeau retaliated with a goal to make it 1-1. The two teams went one for one as the score was tied up at 4-4 going into the second half. The Hawks took a 5-4 lead and then after two close shots on goal by the Skippers, islander Ben Schmidt had a much needed goal with an assist from Andy Paolucci to tie the score (5-5) with five minutes to go in the game.
After another Hendricken goal, Ben Sternberg tied up the score again only to have Hendricken retaliate to even the score at six apiece. Only a few seconds later Hendricken scored the final goal of the night to win the game 7-6. Islander Alex Seidler played great defense for the whole game as well as senior Dan Page. Ryan McDermott rounds out the Jamestown presence on the team.
Head Coach John Holmes is happy with both Nadeau and Schmidt and their contributions to the scoreboard. "They (Nadeau and Schmidt) are both doing a great job for us. Nadeau has done a great job on face offs, picking up ground balls, and scoring some goals for us when we need it. Ben Schmidt is doing very well and we need to have him score some goals because it takes some pressure off of Greg Fallon and Andy Paolucci a little bit."
On Monday North took on division leader La Salle (12-1) in Providence and avenged their earlier season loss. Confident prior to the game Holmes said "It should be a good game tonight. We are finally over a couple of injuries and that is a good thing. If we can play a solid four quarters, I think we will be in pretty good shape."
Schmidt scored one goal in the La Salle game and said, "It was a great game. They (La Salle) were undefeated and it was their senior night. The last time we played them we lost in double overtime after we scored and it did not count."
In the quarterfinals set for tonight, North will have the home field advantage against sixth place Barrington. In the regular season North beat Barrington in both meetings. Holmes said, "We should do pretty well against them (Barrington) and if that is the case then we will be playing Hendricken on their field in the semis." North takes on Barrington tomorrow night at home starting 7 p.m.
The Lady Skippers' lacrosse team plays Portsmouth today at 3:30 p.m. in their quarterfinal game at North Kingstown.